Sacramento, CA -- All Hands On Deck | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Sacramento, CA -- All Hands On Deck

There’s been a lot of bad news coming out of Sacramento lately: homelessness, the foreclosure rate, unemployment, political gridlock in a state crippled by the recession.  Add to that a stubborn case of politics fatigue, and you’ve got a lot of reasons to write off this city.  But we trekked to California’s beleaguered state capital to peek behind the national headlines and find out who keeps this city running—day in, day out—despite all that’s going wrong.  And we left with the realization that people in Sacramento are remaking the American city, in surprising and deeply moving ways.

Segment A
It’s hard to muster any optimism for California state politics these days.  But capitol interns Callin Curry (a Democrat from Oakland) and Catherine Wahlgren (a Republican from Southern California), bring a glimmer of hope in a dark time.  Then, when budget cuts slashed maintenance staff at Land Park, this jewel of the city became an overgrown mess.  Fifth-generation Sacramentan Craig Powell masterminds a solution to rescue the city’s biggest and best-loved park.

Segment B
There’s no over-estimating the love fans here feel for their Sacramento Kings, one of the city’s few big attractions.  But last winter, the King’s owners put in motion a plan to move the team down to Anaheim, and fans here reacted more powerfully than anyone could have imagined.  We follow the ups and downs as the dramatic—and possibly final—Kings season unfolds.  And, about 15 miles outside of town, a double-wide trailer houses KJAY 1430 AM, Sacramento’s last family-owned radio station… which has recently become a magnet for an entirely different community here.  Then, local poet Josh Fernandez scours the streets for his prized possession.

Segment C
A few years ago, the national media swarmed Sacramento’s tent city, where hundreds of people make their homes in makeshift shelters.  It was portrayed as a symbol of the recession and the housing bust.  The truth is, though, the tent city has been here for years.  And beyond those national headlines are stories of people who have been working on innovative solutions to this crisis for a long time.  In this segment, we meet a few of those people, and hear surprising stories of communities connecting across deep divides.  Tubman House helps homeless teenage parents start a new life for themselves and their children.  The Winter Sanctuary program last year opened the doors of churches to the homeless on cold nights.  Both programs go beyond just providing shelter—they change people on both sides of the equation.

NPR

Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys

In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.
NPR

Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.
WAMU 88.5

New Anthony Brown Video Accuses Opponent Of 'Hiding' And 'Lying"

Democrat Anthony Brown unveiled a new web video today alleging that Republican Larry Hogan is "hiding" his positions on contentious issues like abortion and gun control.
NPR

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.